High Protein diets (such as the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet) appear to be one of the latest fads to hit the market. However I personally upon hearing the term “High Protein Diet” think more of body builders and people looking to gain weight rather than those looking to lose weight.
So there has been some recent research done, stating that diets with higher protein content may be better able to curve appetites. Now researchers aren’t exactly sure what exactly it is about protein but the current research shows that there is a definite possibility that further research will yield more conclusive evidence. So let’s take a closer look at the possible benefits and other side effects of a high protein low carbohydrate diet.
Well researchers have postulated that by taking 10-35% more protein to your diet and by still paying attention your calorie intake you can supplement your diet. The benefits behind doing something like this is that it will make you better able to resist the urge to overeat and better stick to your diet.
By cutting out carbohydrates and eating a high protein diet you can rapidly lose weight however most of the weight will be due to water weight because carbs can cause your body to retain water so by cutting out the carbs you can cut weight quickly however once you start eating carbs again you will most likely gain the weight back.
A word of warning though is that for people with kidney disorders a high protein diet can be potentially dangerous as the kidney is crucial in removing the waste from excess protein consumption.
Also some of the extreme diets can have negative effects on both bone strength and heart health as high protein diets tend to be high in fat and cholesterol and low in calcium that is crucial for your body.
Although high-protein diets generally aren’t harmful, they may increase the risk of kidney stones and osteoporosis. High-protein diets may also limit other healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables. In addition, many high-protein foods — such as meat, milk, cheese and eggs — are also high in fat and cholesterol. So choose your protein sources wisely. Good choices include fish, beans, lentils and low-fat dairy products.